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Spanish & Portuguese

Luis T. González del Valle, Chair
427 Anderson Hall
215-204-5628
gonzalel@temple.edu

Hiram Aldarondo, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Majors)
436 Anderson Hall
215-204-1706
haldaron@temple.edu


Carolyn Phipps, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Minors; Lower Division)
426 Anderson Hall
215-204-1707
cphipps@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/spanpor

Language, Literature and/or Linguistics
Language and Professional Studies
Spanish for Education


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides instruction in the languages, cultures and literatures of Spain, Spanish America and the Luso-Brazilian world. It also teaches specialized courses in Business, Legal and Medical Spanish, including their translation. Coursework at the undergraduate level in Spanish or Portuguese develops proficiency of the four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Opportunities are also available for the in-depth study of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian culture. Students may participate in special programs, including an intensive immersion program in Spanish and Latin American Studies; service learning and internships in areas of business, social service, and education in Philadelphia; and diverse programs abroad. Temple's computer language center, the Special Learning Environment for the Foreign Languages, is available to students of all proficiency levels.

Spanish and Portuguese organizations and activities include, for instance, the Scholarly Publications of the Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies and the recognition of outstanding students as they are inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society. Moreover, the department faculty remains very active in research.

Graduates of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese find careers in a wide range of areas, including education, business, government, and social service.

 

Requirements for the Major (Minor, Certificate, Concentration)

Students selecting the Spanish major must achieve competence in Spanish language skills in conjunction with qualifications outlined in Major Options I, II, or III listed below.  Spanish 3096 (the capstone course) is a requirement of all majors and a prerequisite for all 4000-level courses.  Spanish 2096 (Composition & Conversation), or permission of instructor, is a prerequisite for most upper-level courses. All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.


Major Option I: (Language, Literature and/or Linguistics)

This option is designed for students who wish to develop advanced language skills in the study of (1) Latin American Literature, (2) Peninsular Literature, and/or (3) Linguistics. A total of 10 courses is required.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Spanish 1003 Intermediate I 3 LB
         
Spanish 2000+ A maximum of two electives may be selected at the 2000-level. 0-6  
Spanish 2096 Composition & Conversation
(prerequisite for most 3000-level courses)
3 WI
Spanish 3096 Advanced Writing Skills 3 WI*
Spanish 3000+ A maximum of three electives may be selected at the 3000-level** 0-9  
Spanish 4000+ A minimum of three electives must be selected at the 4000-level. 9  
Total     30  
*Indicates writing capstone for the major.    
**A maximum of seven required and elective courses may be selected at the 2000- and 3000-levels, depending on proficiency.
       
Note: Up to two Portuguese courses may be taken in place of two Spanish 2000/3000-level courses.


Major Option II: Language and Professional Studies  

This option is designed for students who wish to develop language and professional skills as well as an awareness of Hispanic culture.  A total of ten courses is required.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Spanish 1003 Intermediate I 3 LB
         
Spanish 2096 Composition & Conversation 3 WI
Spanish 2000+ A maximum of two courses may be selected at the 2000-level. 0-6  
Spanish 3000-4000 level Three Business/Medical/Legal/Translation courses 9  
Spanish 3096 Advanced Writing Skills 3 WI*
         
Select one Literature course from: 3  
Spanish 3121

3141
Introduction to Spanish Literature
     or
Introduction to Spanish American Literature
   
         
Select at least two Advanced Spanish courses: 6+  
Spanish 4000+ Minimum of two courses required at the 4000-level.    
         
Total     30  
* Indicates writing capstone for the major.    
 
Note: Up to two Portuguese courses may be taken in place of two Spanish 2000/3000-level courses.


Major Option III: Spanish for Education     

This option includes the Spanish-language courses required for certification in Spanish for Secondary Education in the College of Education at Temple and satisfies the requirements for the Spanish major in the College of Liberal Arts. A total of 10 courses is required.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Two required writing-intensive courses: 6  
Spanish 2096 Composition & Conversation   WI
Spanish 3096 Advanced Writing Skills   WI*
     
One Composition & Conversation course: 3  
Spanish 1076 Intensive Practice in the Four Skills    
Spanish 2001 Conversational Review    
Spanish 2002 Hispanic Readings    
Spanish 2011 Advanced Skills for Spanish Speakers    
Spanish 2076 Advanced Intensive Practice in the Four Skills    
Spanish 3002 Hispanic Readings II    
Spanish 3003 Advanced Grammar & Linguistics Concepts    
         
One Culture & Civilization course: 3  
Spanish 3204 Latin America through Film    
Spanish 3221 Spanish Culture & Civilization    
Spanish 3222 Contemporary Spain through Film    
Spanish 3241 Spanish-American Culture & Civilization    
Spanish 3261 Hispanic Mind    
         
One Linguistics course: 3  
Spanish 4301 Spanish Phonetics    
Spanish 4302 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics    
Spanish 4303 Spanish/English Contrasts    
Spanish 4304 Spanish Applied Linguistics    
Spanish 4305 History of Spanish Language    
Spanish 4306 Spanish Sociolinguistics    
         
One Contemporary Literature course: 3  
Spanish 4132 Contemporary Spanish Novel    
Spanish 4142 Spanish American Short Story    
Spanish 4144 Latin American Poetry    
Spanish 4146 National Literatures of Spanish America    
Spanish 4147 20th Century Puerto Rican Authors    
Spanish 4148 Latin American Literature of Social Conflict    
         
One additional Literature course: 3  
Spanish 3121 Introduction to Spanish Literature    
Spanish 3141 Introduction to Spanish American Literature    
Spanish 4121 Survey of Spanish Literature II    
Spanish 4126 Cervantes: Don Quijote    
Spanish 4161 Hispanic Literature through Art or one additional contemporary literature course from the above list    
Spanish 4401 The Art of Translation    
         
Spanish   Three electives (Spanish 1003 may be taken as one of these) 9  
         
Total     30  
         
* Indicates capstone for the major    
Note: In order to complete the 10-course requirement, students must add additional courses at the 3000- or 4000-level,
depending on proficiency.
Note: Spanish 2096 is a prerequisite for many Spanish courses at the advanced levels.

 

Distinction in Major

Distinction in Spanish is awarded to majors who graduate with a 3.75 in their Spanish courses and an overall GPA of at least 3.25.

Minor in Spanish

A total of six courses is required.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Spanish 1003 Intermediate I (or equivalent) prerequisite 0-3 LB
Spanish 2000+ A maximum of three courses at the 2000-level 0-9  
Spanish 3000+ A minimum of three courses.  All literature and linguistics courses
at the 3000-level may be used.
0-18  
Spanish 4000+ All literature and linguistics courses may be used to satisfy the minor* 0-18  
Total     18  
*Depending on the level of proficiency.    

Minor in Portuguese

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Portuguese 1001 Elements of Portuguese I* 4  
Portuguese 1002 Elements of Portuguese II* 4 LA
Portuguese 3000/4000 level Select courses from the 3000- and 4000- level, with a minimum of two 4000-level courses 6-12  
Total     18  
* Students may substitute intermediate or advanced level courses for the beginning 1001 and 1002.

Certificate of Specialization in Multilingual Business and Government Studies

The department offers a 54-hour program leading to a B.A. degree with an additional specialization in Multilingual Business and Government Studies. The program is designed for students who plan careers as interpreters and translators, employment in government agencies, or a career in business with firms that have import/export activities in Latin America. It consists of courses in the Spanish language, Business Spanish, Translation Skills, Business Administration and Economics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies.

The program is open to all students, applicants need not be Spanish majors, and no background in business subjects is required. While these courses are normally taken within the 123 hours required for the B.A. degree in the College of Liberal Arts, the program is open to students in all colleges of the university. Students from most colleges who have the proper background can usually complete the program with careful schedule planning and use of electives.

A maximum of 20 hours of transfer equivalency will be accepted. Students interested in the program should contact the Director of the Multilingual Business and Government Studies Program in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, Fourth Floor, Anderson Hall (215-204-1707).

Certificate of Specialization in Spanish

A Certificate of Specialization in Spanish is also available. The certificate requires completion of six courses, beginning with Basic Spanish and advancing to more specialized study of Spanish designed to enhance career opportunities in business, communication, government, and social service.  See your advisor or contact the department for more information.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Spanish 1001 Basic I 4 LA
Spanish 1002 Basic II 4 LA
Spanish 1003 Intermediate I 3 LB
Spanish 2001 Conversational Review 3  
Spanish 2096 Composition & Conversation 3 WI
Spanish 3000+ Select one 3000-level course 3  
Total     20  

 

Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies for Business

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to allow Temple students in business-related programs to develop skills and knowledge in two complementary areas so that they may compete more successfully in this growing job market.

Course Requirements for the Business Certificate:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select three of the following courses: 9-11  
Spanish 1001 Basic I   LA
Spanish 1002 Basic II   LA
Spanish 1003 Intermediate I   LB
Spanish 2001 Conversational Review    
Spanish 2096 Composition & Conversation   WI
Spanish 2002 Hispanic Readings    
Spanish 3002 Hispanic Readings II    
Spanish 1076/2076 Intensive Practice/Advanced Intensive Practice in the Four Skills*    
    Note: Students participating in Spanish 1076
must also complete Spanish 2002.
   
         
Select one course in Spanish for Business Professions: 3  
Spanish 3501 Spanish for Business Professions    
Spanish 3502 Business Spanish I    
Spanish 3503 Business Spanish II    
Spanish 3504 Business Translation & Interpretation    
         
LAS 1001 Perspectives on Latin America
    or
Completion of Latin American Studies Semester**
3 IS
         
Select one course in Business:   3  
IBA 2502 Fundamentals of Latin American Business    
LAS 2502 Fundamentals of Latin American Business    
         
Total     18-20  
         

* Spanish 1076 and 2076 count as two courses; each is 9 s.h., taught in connection with Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), an immersion program offered every spring.

** LASS is an integration of several courses totaling 17 s.h. 9 credits are assigned to language instruction, 6 credits to culture and society, taught under LAS 2101, and 2 credits for the LASS Seminar. All instruction in LASS is in Spanish.


Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions

The combination of courses in this certificate program is designed to make participants especially qualified to provide health and human services to members of the Latino community.

Course Requirements for the Health and Human Services Certificate:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select three of the following courses: 9-11  
Spanish 1001 Basic I   LA
Spanish 1002 Basic II   LA
Spanish 1003 Intermediate I   LB
Spanish 2001 Conversational Review    
Spanish 2096 Composition & Conversation   WI
Spanish 2002 Hispanic Readings    
Spanish 1076/2076 Intensive Practice/Advanced Intensive Practice in the Four Skills (LASS)*    
Spanish 2011 Advanced Skills for Spanish Speakers    
       
Complete the following:   3  
Spanish 3601 Spanish for Health & Human Services    
         
Select one of the following: 3  
Latin American
Studies
1001

2101
Perspectives on Latin America     
    or
Latin America through Film & Fiction** 
  IS
         
Select one of the following:   3  
Latin American
Studies
3020

2072
Topics in Latino Studies
    or
Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia
   
Total     18-20  

*Spanish 1076 and 2076 count as two courses; each is 9 s.h. and taught in connection with Latin American Studies Semester (LASS), an immersion program offered every spring.

**LASS is an integration of several courses totaling 17 s.h.  9 credits are assigned to language instruction, 6 credits to culture and society, taught under LAS 2101, and 2 credits for the LASS Seminar. All instruction in LASS is in Spanish.

Latin American Studies Semester Certificate and Program

Each spring semester, the Spanish and Portuguese Department, in conjunction with the Latin American Studies Center, offers a 17-credit-hour immersion program in Latin American Studies and Spanish. The program (LASS) combines 9 hours of intensive Spanish with 6 hours of study focusing on geography, history, and culture in Latin America, and 2 hours of the LASS Seminar, and includes a two-week trip to Mexico.  Successful completion of the program is awarded with a certificate of participation. Applications for LASS are received during October and November for the following spring. For information, contact the Director of Latin American Studies (215-204-7527) or the chair of Spanish and Portuguese Department (215-204-8285). Also, visit the Latin American Studies page in this Bulletin.

Spring in Spain Program (New in 2008)

The Temple Semester in Spain Program takes place over the spring semester in Oviedo, Spain.  The 15-credit program combines coursework with faculty from the International Program at the University of Oviedo and a Temple faculty member, who directs the program.  All courses are pre-approved for Temple University credit.  Courses focus on aspects of Spanish language, Spanish culture, and Spanish literature.  The program develops Spanish skills over a semester of intensive study in a Spanish-speaking environment; it also provides the opportunity to complete a number of Spanish courses that may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Temple Minor or Major in Spanish. It includes an initial orientation week in Madrid.  In Oviedo, lodging and meals are with Spanish families.  For information, contact the Office of International Programs or Dr. Jaime Duran (jduran@temple.edu), the Program Director, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Summer Abroad in Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

Temple University's summer program in Oviedo, Spain, provides students with the opportunity to learn the Spanish language while being immersed in that country's unique and diverse culture. The duration of the program is five weeks; students may enroll for a total of 6 credits.  For further information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Office of International Programs.

Summer Abroad in Brazil: Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture

Temple University offers a six-week summer program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; students may enroll for a total of 6 credits.  The program offers Portuguese language studied both at the elementary and more advanced levels.  It also offers an intensive examination of culture in the state of Bahia; this aspect of the program focuses on history, politics, music, and dance, and it spotlights African origins and Afro-Brazilian influences on regional culture.  For further information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese or the Office of International Programs.

Junior Year and/or Summer School Abroad

Students declaring a concentration in the department may, under certain conditions, spend their junior year studying abroad. Application for permission to study abroad may be made during the second semester of the sophomore year.  Only well-qualified students may be granted credit from Temple University after submitting proper credentials for established foreign study programs at institutions approved by the department.  Students interested in a junior year abroad, or a summer school abroad, should discuss their plans early with their faculty advisor and the chair of the department.

Service Learning and Internships

Students of Spanish and Portuguese may participate in courses providing service learning opportunities through project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) as a part of their coursework.  For students of Business Spanish, service learning opportunities are available through the Small Business Development Center at Temple. Spanish majors are encouraged to participate in a Spanish internship combining study and work opportunities in a variety of contexts in the Philadelphia area.

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